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This year, the Brooklyn Half Marathon sold out faster than ever. In just 52 minutes some 27,000 bibs were purchased for the country’s largest 13.1-mile race. In 2015, it took just shy of 7 hours. Running has been at peak popularity for a while now. The number of Americans who finished a race increased 300% from 1990 to 2013, and the speed with which runners snapped up $85 bibs for the BK Half is further...
When the weather is above 40 degrees, I run 4.1 miles down the west meridian of Ocean Parkway, starting at around 4am. The run takes me from my home in Kensington to the boardwalk that connects Brighton Beach to Coney Island and this stretch of Earth to the Atlantic Ocean. Mild weeks in spring are conducive to me making the journey on all seven days of the week; less hospitable winter temperatures incline me...
Members of Brooklyn’s ever-growing population of runners looking to log some off-road miles are lucky to have easy access to the paths and trails of Prospect Park. But for those times when you really want to feel at one with nature, even the idyllic grounds of the park will fall short. Just over an hour north of the city, though, lies the mighty Bear Mountain, with its 52,000 acres of forest and, if you count neighboring...
On January 28 at noon, registration opened for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon. Just 52 minutes later, 27 thousand runners had signed up, filling the race to capacity. Suffice it to say, people are excited. But excitement will only get you so far. This distance requires training. At 13.1 miles, fitting in a few long runs (we’re talking 10 and 11 miles at a stretch) is non-negotiable. Ideally, those runs are completed somewhere without obstacles, or...

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